Chimu Adventures voyages travel on an ice-strengthened ship

Antarctica continues to blaze a trail into the Australian market, with no sign of any waning in the popularity of ocean voyages to the frozen continent, says Greg Carter, CEO of sea expedition operator Chimu Adventures.

According to Carter, passenger numbers for Antarctica have more than doubled in the last seven years, with a particularly sharp climb seen over the past 18 months.

Wildlife can be seen on Chimu Adventures
Guests can view wildlife during Chimu Adventures voyages to Antarctica

“This is one of the most wildly beautiful places to travel in the world and it is back on the bucket list for Australian travellers,” Carter said.

In response to this growth, Chimu Adventures has released two new opportunities for Aussies to embark on an expedition to Antarctica in the company of well-known Aussie celebrities, departing in February and March 2017.

The first voyage will include accomplished Australian journalist and TV presenter Andrew Denton and his wife Jennifer Byrne, who together have previously ventured to the far southern continent an astonishing 10 times – this trip will be their eleventh combined. Onboard, the recognisable pair will speak to guests about their experiences and share their Antarctic knowledge. Cabins are priced from $7,595 per person twin share.

Aussie television actor Samuel Johnson, best known for his roles on Underbelly and The Secret Life of Us, will take part in the second itinerary as he continues his work raising money for breast cancer research. Johnson holds a world record for pedalling 15,784 kilometres around Australia on a unicycle in an effort to raise funds for his ill sister. Once in Antarctica, Johnson will literally dive into his next challenge by taking a swim in the freezing polar waters, without a dry suit.

Samuel Johnson & Andrew Denton will feature on Chimu Adventures voyages
Samuel Johnson (pictured with his sister) and Andrew Denton will take part in two upcoming Chimu Adventures voyages

Part of the proceeds raised from the sale of each cabin on this 10-day Polar voyage will be donated to The Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Cabins for the voyage are priced from $5,950 per person twin share.